A Toyota concept model to be unveiled this month at the Tokyo Motor Show is said to be inspired by the emotional connection riders have with their horses.
The FV2 dispenses with a steering wheel, requiring the driver to shift body position in the four-wheeled vehicle to get it to respond.
Pundits suggest the vehicle certainly points toward future motoring innovations, but in its current form posed too many safety issues to be a practical roadgoing machine.
For one, if the driver was required to move to control it, how would they be restrained in the event of an accident?
Toyota said drivers would control the FV2 by leaning forwards, backwards or to the side. Voice and facial recognition sensors would also be used.
The Japanese manufacturer said it wanted to develop trust and understanding between the vehicle and the driver similar to that experienced by horse riders.
Some of the technologies imagined in the FV2 are probably five to ten years away from reality.